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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a candidate for LASIK ?
Every person is unique, so the best way to answer that is to come in for a consultation. In general you may be a candidate if you have mild to high myopia (nearsightedness), mild to moderate hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism. You must be at least 18 years old, have a stable eye prescription, and your eyes must be free of disease.
Is LASIK Surgery safe?
The success rate for LASIK is very high, with over 99% of cases resulting in no serious complications. In a 2009 study, over 95% of LASIK patients surveyed reported satisfaction with their outcome. As with any surgery there are risks, and we will advise you during your consultation.
Does LASIK work?
According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, over 90% of patients have 20/20 vision after the procedure, and over 96% report being satisfied with their outcomes (Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Vol. 42, Issue 8, August 2016, Pages 1224-1234).
LASIK does not stop the natural aging of the eye, but it is highly effective at correcting vision.
How long does LASIK surgery take?
The procedure takes under 10 minutes per eye, and both eyes can be done the same day. While complete healing can take up to 6 weeks, you can expect marked improvement in your vision immediately and can resume normal activities after 24 hours.
We generally do followup exams one day, two weeks, and two months post procedure. After that regular annual exams are recommended.
Is LASIK surgery painful?
We use freezing drops of Valium to help the patient relax, and the laser procedure is painless. You may experience mild discomfort in the few hours after surgery, but LASIK surgery is about as pain-free as surgery can be.